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(1929- 1945) Depression & World War II


America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945
"The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation." - Intro. The site is part of the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress and can be searched by subject.
America in the 1930's
University of Virginia collection of film, print, visual and broadcast media from the 1930s. Experience the decade through the media that was consumed at the time. Use the toolbar across the top of the page to move between the different sections of the page. 
American Life Stories
"This collection of life histories consists of approximately 2,900 documents, compiled and transcribed by more than 300 writers from 24 states, working on the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program that was part of the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1940."
Depression and the New Deal Primary Source Set (PDF)
Images, explanatory text and  extensive citations related to the Depression and the New Deal. 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Cartoon Archive
Online collection of political cartoons from the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, spanning the period 1932-1944. 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Fireside Chat, July 24, 1933
Fireside chat script, a poster and a photograph, along with explanatory text, describing the establishment of the National Recovery Administration.  
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library Archives
Online collections from the FDR Presidential Library, including speeches, executive orders, press conferences and correspondence. 
Huey Long
Huey Long, one of the most colourful personalities of the 1930's, merits this informative site hosted by the U.S. Social Security Administration. It includes excerpts from 2 biographies, the official Senate biography, and information on Long's "Share the Wealth" program.
Ku Klux Klan
This extensive collection of Klan materials from the 1920s, "when KKK membership swelled to 4 million nationwide, highlights differences between the 'old' reconstruction-era Klan and the 'new' organization founded in 1915, whichadded to the racism of its antecedent a bias against Catholics, Jews, foreigners, and organized labor." - Intro. The site is maintained by the Michigan State University Libraries.
New Deal Network Links
A rich gateway to numerous New Deal resources. Sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and based at Columbia University, the site has received considerable recognition. Photos, documents, lesson plans, essays, syllabi, letters to Mrs. Roosevelt, oral history, K-12 projects, and multimedia resources are included.
New Deal Primary Source Set
Images, posters, and documents from the New Deal era, selected and presented by the Library of Congress. 
North By South: African American Great Migration
North by South "explores the multiple dimensions of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the rural South to Northern cities. Epic in scale, monumental in its long-term social and cultural impact, the Great Migration stands as the largest internal movement of people in the history of the United States." - Intro. The site was developed at Kenyon College with support from the NEH.
Temperance & Prohibition
Hosted by Ohio State University, Temperance presents an overview of the prohibition era beginning with its roots in the 1800's. Viewers may visit old time saloons, view political cartoons, and read opposing opinions from the time period.
The Great Depression: 1929-1939
University of California "Calisphere" collection of black and white photographs from the Great Depression, including questions to guide analysis. 
Voices from the Dust Bowl
Part of the Library of Congress's American Memory Project, Voices "is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, publications, and ephemera." - Intro.

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